Maybe it's time for the female contingent at FAUX Snooze to wake up and realize what the Right Wing really thinks about them.
From Think Progress:
Fox News ran a segment entitled “You Do Need A Husband!” on Sunday. Their guest, founder of the site ‘Women for Men’ Suzanne Venker, was on to argue that women are trying too hard to reduce their reliance on men. Her appearance followed up on her article “Why women still need husbands,” published Friday on Fox’s website.More below the Twisted Cheeto:
In the piece, Venker argues that women won’t find fulfillment trying to balancing a relationship and family with full-time work. “Financial independence is a great thing,” she writes, “but you can’t take your paycheck to bed with you. And there’s nothing empowering about being beholden to an employer when what you really want is to have a baby. ” She uses this opinion to advocate for women having less of a role in the workforce, and letting men be the breadwinners. “Unlike women,” Venker writes, “a man’s identity is inextricably linked to his paycheck.”
Of course, the penis possessors (in this case Clayton Morris and the ever-douchey Tucker Carlson) were all gung-ho over this idea. Token chick Anne Kooiman was not amused:
KOOIMAN: I fit into that category perfectly. I’m single. I’m 29 years old. I’m very career-oriented. What is your advice in just a couple sentences?(emphasis via Think Progress)
VENKER: My advice is, as the years go on and you find that you want, if you do, to get married and settle down, to understand time is going to be your greatest enemy. Not your husband, not men, not the government, not your employers. It’s time, there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything. So if you learn to embrace that side of yourself that isn’t about work — in other words, the nurturing side, the motherhood, all of that — it’s okay to let your husband bring home that full-time income so you can have more of a balanced life. And we should really be thanking men for this, not saying they’re in our way or not doing enough.
Suzanne Venker is the niece of noted anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly (or to quote Kossack JeffW's late mother, "That's Shitfly"...Jeff, wish I'd had the chance to meet your mom!) -- in this case, the wormy apple didn't fall far from the family tree.
Susie, dear (I can call you Susie, can't I?), let me give you a bit of real world knowledge. While I support the right of every person to be a stay at home parent, if they can afford it and it's okay with their spouse, partner or Significant Other, the time may come when that person has to go out and support the family on his/her own and s/he need to be prepared to do just that. Especially when you have a political party that opposes a living wage or even an increase in the minimum wage, supports tax breaks for billionaires while ordinary Americans are struggling to make ends meet, and where a dual income is practically a necessity for the majority of families in order to keep the roof above their head and food on the table (or on their families to quote your favorite former President). Or just ask the widows and widowers who lost loved ones on 9/11, or saw their beloved come home in a pine box from one of our misadventures overseas, or simply sent their spouse off on an errand and they never came home, victims of drunk drivers or caught in crossfire or any other unexpected tragedy. And let's not even talk about those women who find themselves pushed aside for a younger and prettier model with better boobs. You know, what might happen to you someday, Susie.
In fact, Susie, grab yourself a cup of tea and listen to this story. A couple in the 1960s were looking towards putting their 4 brilliant, charming children through college. Certainly not as daunting a task as these days, but still no walk in the park for a grocery clerk and his wife. When the youngest hit 1st grade, the mother got a job with the local newspaper; started out as part-time, but with her talent for learning on the job and the skills she developed, moved quickly up the ranks into supervisory positions and eventually into a full-time schedule. This provided more money for the family to do fun things -- piano lessons and Girl Scouts for the youngest, vacations to a Christian family camp (the kids were in day camp during the mornings giving the parents some nice adult time), a trip to Europe for Mom to visit her sister who was living there at the time. And in 1970, that job to provide a little extra income for the family became damn important when the father suddenly died of an unexpected heart attack, leaving 2 children still under the age of 18 at home with their mother. Imagine trying to find a job, any job, when you're grieving the loss of your beloved.
Susie -- that happened to my family. And while my mom to the day she died was definitely on your side of the political aisle (she railed against unions while still enjoying the retiree medical benefits fought for in collective bargaining), I certainly did not follow in her footsteps. And as I watch my nieces develop into successful, confident women with husbands, children and careers, and see my great-niece wait on marriage to her high school sweetheart until both of them graduate from college, I'm glad none of them listen to folks like you.